We decided to catch a bus to el parque Central Simón Bolívar this morning. It was an almost perfect day: cool with sunshine and clouds. Being a Monday morning, the brick pathways weren’t crowded. Most of the people we saw were volunteers (?) with black plastic bags picking up litter.

We walked for an hour and a half or so, then stopped at Salitre Plaza to check out the food court for lunch = Burger King (they have “real” ketchup), then headed back to our apartment.

After a glass of Peach Cassis tea, Joel decided to go out for another walk. The skies were beginning to darken, but weren’t quite threatening a storm.

It wasn’t until about 6p.m. that the rain drops really started to fall. The Christmas lights were already plugged in and candles were lit, standing in various bottles on the living room table.  A stack of books and a large moleskin notebook were there as well.

A steamy hot drink would be perfect: tea? coffee?  Wouldn’t a nice citrus punch be nice? Do you have a nice steamy citrus punch for us?

Joel got his jacket and the new, big, 2-person umbrella while I pulled on my rubber boots. We headed across the street and bought a box of apple nectar and six oranges before returning in the shining night rain.

Variation on a Winter Punch Recipe from AllRecipes.com


  • 1 liter cups apple juice
  • juice of 5-6 oranges
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 4 tablespoons honey
  • 4 teaspoons ground cinnamon

Bring the apple and orange juices to a simmer. Remove from the heat and stir in the lemon, honey and cinnamon.  Strain before serving HOT.

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